WI Natural Resources Board Considering Damage In Governor Knowles State Forest

Thursday, September 29th, 2011 at 6:33 am

The state Natural Resources Board is scheduled to consider approving operations to remove downed timber across hundreds of acres in the Governor Knowles State Forest in Burnett County.

The July 1 wind storm downed trees across 3,000 acres in the state forest, including 2,000 acres within a designated wilderness area.

The Department of Natural Resources wants to remove the timber from about 660 acres in the wilderness area to reduce the possibility of insect and disease outbreaks and reduce potential fuels for fires. The agency estimates it would salvage about $250,000 worth of timber.

The forest’s master plan states that the board must approve removing any timber damaged in a natural disaster from the wilderness area.

The board is set to consider the matter at its meeting Today in Kenosha.

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